Environmental Impact of Timber Framed Properties

The major advantage of opting for timber framed housing in the 21st century is the reduced environmental impact that this form of construction offers.

With eco-friendliness being key to sustainability, environmentally aware homebuilders can limit their carbon footprint by choosing a timber frame for their property.

There are numerous environmental advantages to using timber frames including:

Low Carbon Dioxide Consumption

Eco-Friendly Manufacturing Process

Renewable Construction Material

Environmental Advantages

A timber framed home

Low Carbon Dioxide Consumption

Wood is a carbon neutral building material and has an extremely low CO2 cost - much lower than any other building material that is currently commercially available.

In choosing a timber frame, you can save 0.8 tonnes of atmospheric carbon dioxide per cubic metre of wood. This means that for an average timber framed house,

around 4 tonnes of carbon dioxide can be saved which is a huge step towards combatting climate change.

A wooden house under construction with quality timber as walls.

Eco-Friendly Manufacturing Process

The process used to convert wood into an appropriate building material uses far less energy than the manufacturing processes required

for more conventional materials such as aluminium and brick.

Set of timber materials used to contruct an eco-friendly property.

Renewable Construction Material

Wood is naturally organic and free of environmental toxins. It is also produced from a renewable source. The planting of new saplings to replace

harvested trees is actually beneficial to the environment as younger trees absorb more carbon dioxide and release more oxygen than older trees.

When harvesting mature trees for construction purposes, two saplings will be planted to replace each tree taken,

giving the environment a boost. Deforestation due to European construction is therefore not an issue,

with 99% of the timber used for housing in the UK being from softwood forests.

These forests store a vast amount of carbon - around 9.5 million tonnes - and when extra trees are planted to replace those harvested, the total amount of sequestered carbon increases, benefitting the environment.

As long as the timber frame housing industry continues to thrive, there will be a constant demand and need for forests that are sustainably managed to supply the requirement for building materials while enabling a constant cycle of oxygen production and absorption of carbon dioxide.

It is likely that timber framed properties will continue to increase in popularity as the government demands the home-building industry to limit their CO2 production in order to reduce environmental impact.

It is therefore clear that there are many advantages of choosing this type of construction technique, especially for those that are keen for a sustainable alternative to traditional building methods.

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